13 March 2009
The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the Healthcare Commission report on children’s services and warned last year that a long term solution is needed for paediatric surgery in the UK.
Surgeons are in agreement that centralisation of non-specialist surgical operations such as hernia or drainage of an abscess is not appropriate because specialist centres have a limited number of beds.
The needs of the local population demand that specialist surgery should be appropriately centralised but the non-specialist problems can be dealt with locally so long as there are appropriate children’s support facilities.
We are looking into ways to provide local care for appropriate cases. One solution would be to maintain simple paediatric surgery in local hospitals by specifically employing surgeons “with an interest in paediatric surgery” and to fund training for this. If a solution is not found soon then local provision of care may cease in some areas.”